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The symbol shows the location of the Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) transmitter which serves 1,870,000 homes. The bright green areas shown where the signal from this transmitter is strong, dark green areas are poorer signals. Those parts shown in yellow may have interference on the same frequency from other masts.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) mast?

Sutton Coldfield transmitter - Sutton Coldfield transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 27/05/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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Which Freeview channels does the Sutton Coldfield transmitter broadcast?

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Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.

 H max
C43 (650.0MHz)433mDTG-200,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) West Midlands, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 19 others

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C46 (674.0MHz)433mDTG-200,000W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Central (West micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) Midlands ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 Midlands ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Central west),

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C40+ (626.2MHz)433mDTG-200,000W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD West Midlands, 102 BBC Two HD England, 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Central West), 104 Channel 4 HD Midlands ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

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C42 (642.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

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C45 (666.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

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C39+ (618.2MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 others

 H -13dB
C48 (690.0MHz)433mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 31st October 2014: 7 Big Centre TV,

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/4 8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Sutton Coldfield transmitter?

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BBC Midlands Today 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 1RF, 15km south-southwest (200°)
to BBC West Midlands region - 66 masts.
regional news image
ITV Central News 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 15km south-southwest (201°)
to ITV Central (West) region - 65 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Central (East)

Are there any self-help relays?

Burton (shobnall)Transposer1 km W Burton-on-Trent60 homes
CoalvilleTransposer18 km NW Leicester600 homes
SolihullTransposerLand Rover building400 homes

How will the Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20112011-137 Mar 2018

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
green background for transmission frequencies
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W T
waves denotes analogue; digital switchover was 7 Sep 11 and 21 Sep 11.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 1000kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 200kW
com7(-10.5dB) 89.2kW
com8(-10.7dB) 86kW
LB(-20dB) 10kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-21dB) 8kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Sutton Coldfield transmitter area

Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated TeleVision†
Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated British Corporation◊
Jul 1968-Dec 1981Associated TeleVision
Jan 1982-Feb 2004Central Independent Television
Feb 2004-Dec 2014ITV plc
Feb 1983-Dec 1992TV-am•
Jan 1993-Sep 2010GMTV•
Sep 2010-Dec 2014ITV Daybreak•
• Breakfast ◊ Weekends ♦ Friday night and weekends † Weekdays only. Sutton Coldfield was not an original Channel 3 VHF 405-line mast: the historical information shown is the details of the company responsible for the transmitter when it began transmitting Channel 3.

Wednesday, 31 July 2013
Ian from notts

7:26 AM

Paul- I am going back some years now to the start of freeview but I knew someone who lost his signal at 7pm every night. It turned out to be his next door nieghboors central heating coming on. lots changed since then but you just brought the memory back

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8:58 AM

paul: To add to what Ian from notts says, another cause of such problems has been faulty street or "emergency" lighting.

It's clearly NOT 4G as that is on all the time.

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Friday, 9 August 2013
Kevin Gardiner

5:51 PM

I perform a re-scan my Samsung smart tv to find out if any new tv channels have come on, or have carriers transmitting prior to switch on.
After my latest re-scan, I noticed that we now have 3 new channels on standard free view i.e. travel channel on 42 and film 4+ 1 on channel 45( not transmitting yet ) and true entertainment on channel 61.However, after going through all the available channels I've noticed that there's a film 4 transmitting on channel 791. At the top of the screen it reads, Film 4 is moving .If you can see this on channel 15,please retune your free view equipment, to ensure you continue to receive this channel. This can either mean that film 4 is moving to 791, or it's a temporary placement for it till they make room for it later on, which I believe they are trying to group channels for easier navigation for the viewer. Anyone have any idea what is being planned?

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Tuesday, 13 August 2013
4:18 PM

I am having some issues with reception on the COM 6 channels, mainly VIVA.

Some days picture is fine and then next day will be jerky, picture will pause but sound still plays.

Also have times when it looks like the signal just drops out for a fraction of a second every 30 seconds or so.

Any thoughts on this.

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Thursday, 15 August 2013
Ian from notts

7:33 AM

Andy- Where I live (North Notts/Derbys) S, Coldfield is a main transmitter of use, If not local, COM6 is general 1 of the weaker signals and its channels (VIVA) will be the first to show problems.
Do a signal check on all MUX's to see if they are general similar ?
Do you have a Booster/Splitter fitted or Distribution Unit?

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Friday, 27 September 2013
Bob Chapman
4:39 PM

I have a wireless Controlled Garage door that has worked ok for years but in the last week it will not work well. It works when I push the main none wireless control but will not work all the time with the hand held wireless control can you help please..Could it be the signal is affected by the mast.

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Bob Chapman's 1 post GB flag

5:28 PM

Bob Chapman; The obvious question would be, have you tried another battery? as the frequency used by remote controls is no where near that used by Freeview transmitters.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Thursday, 3 October 2013
10:28 PM

Hi I live in the out skirts of Leicester my aerial is facing the Sutton cold field transmitter as I can't have it facing Waltham I have a booster fitted to my outdoor aerial but over the past couple of weeks I keep losing channel 3 and 4 and 5 and it says weak or no signal then comes back with picture jerky soon popping and bangin squealing. When I went to work Tuesday morning picture was perfect on 3 etc came home in evening picture all jerky jumpy breaking up any ides anyone thanx

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john's 20 posts GB flag

11:48 PM

john: Your problem you refer to is most likely connected with the engineering work that is taking place at the Sutton Coldfield transmitter, an engineering notice to this effect currently being in force warning of possible interruptions to the service.

Just out of curiosity, why cant you have your aerial facing Waltham? not of course that this would always help as engineering work is also taking place at Waltham.

By the way, a post code is really required for questions of this sort in order to enable a more accurate assessment to be made of the situation.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Friday, 4 October 2013
7:43 AM

Hi than for replying I can't have my aerial facing Waltham cause I'm in a block of flats at the back and the bloke who put my aerial up said he had not got a pole long enough to point the arterial over the top of the roof to face Waltham by the way this aerial goes directly in to my flat and is not shared with anyone else

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